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Books Read in 2021

Books Read in 2021

I like to keep track of books in Goodreads (books I want to read and books I've read). Last year was the first year I paid attention to these end-of-year posts which list your year in books on Goodreads. So I thought I'd share my year in books with you for 2021 (see...

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An Airport Scare

An Airport Scare

An Airport Scare I was in the Atlanta airport just before Thanksgiving week when rumors of an active shooter circulated, forcing all inside to evacuate. I had dropped off my luggage with the skycap in front of the terminal, something I usually don’t do, but there was...

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Philocalist (n.)

Philocalist (n.)

The leaves in fall.The smell of hot coffee,freshly baked bread,and cinnamon.Eyes that smile.Laughter.Fuzzy blankets.Dappled sunlight.Friendship.Good news.Flowers.Old trees.Grandmothers.Tea.Pecan pie.Music.Poetry.Brown skin.Brown eyes.Black hair.Your name.Your...

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Leaf Maker

Leaf Maker

Leaf  Abscission (noun)* the act of cutting off; sudden termination. Botany. the normal separation of flowers, fruit, and leaves from plants. Leaves change color in a glorious display for only a short time, only to fall to the ground, dead. Trees lose their...

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Happy Diwali!

Happy Diwali!

Happy Diwali!   To celebrate, I made one of my favorite Indian desserts, a carrot and cardamom pudding, called Gajar Ka Halwa. My mother told me she used to eat it in the winter months while growing up in India. This particular version is served hot, but in the...

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Why These Two Little Words Matter

Two little words. Just two. I remember the times when others remembered to speak them to me. It's not that we do things for the "thank yous", but when others intentionally (or unintentionally) forget you--it can hurt. Perhaps you know of someone in your own life who...

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Porch Swing in September

(I'm not quite ready for the porch swinging to end! But I know those days are coming.) Porch Swing in September by Ted Kooser The porch swing hangs fixed in a morning sun that bleaches its gray slats, its flowered cushion whose flowers have faded, like those of...

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Writing From Exile: Breakout Session

  Hi Writing Friends! I'm honored to be leading a Breakout Session at the Breathe Writers Conference this fall! The session (and conference) will be virtual this year. Below is the summary for my session: Writing from Exile: Finding Hope Amidst Hardship—Prasanta...

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